Monday, October 16, 2006

From apathy to action

I have often said that the thing which is killing the modern church more than anything else is apathy.

There are many other issues which are having a negative effect on the church, but I think that if there wasn't apathy then a lot of the other issues would disappear. If you are busy looking out, then the niggling squabbles about the small stuff, don't seem to happen as much.

We are currently at a critical point at church with a large number of people are wanting more from and for church. They are wanting to move from a traditional, you come to us model of church to a, we go to them model. This is very exciting, but it is still a challenge to move people from the mindset of, 'I'd love to but.....' to I want to, 'I'm called to let's go....'

If people in our church come up with ideas, which is beginning to happen, we do all we can to support them in their dreams and ideas. But, if others don't get on board, then those who are the visionaries, the movers and shakers, end up getting despondent and more reluctant to go out on a limb and try new things.

If this happens it is a tragedy, because apathy has taken another victim, and hindered another step taken for God.

We need to fight against the apathy and take grand adventurous steps for God.




Sue said...

You have just described my congregation of late. Lots of good ideas, no actual people to make them happen. *sigh*

Anonymous said...

Apathy is definitely an issue within the church, but sometimes those who lead are not contagiously enthusiastic. Churches also need to equip their congregations to feel confident in reaching out and they also need to be encouraged and cared for. We also need to remember that we come to God on his terms not ours, and to be prayerful about how He would wants us to reach out.